A couple of weeks ago our winter lettuce, carrots, and onions went into the ground after the raised beds holding them were fortified with compost and extra soil. I don't know if we will have enough growth to enjoy some fresh salads with our holiday dinners, but that's the idea.
The other beds will be fallowed, with a cover crop of ryegrass and with compost added to them before they're ready for spring planting, so ensure the soil is healthy and happy. With year-round planting, it's extra important to continually build up the soil, since it's used for more than one crop a year. But as we now have more beds than before, we will actually be able to fallow everything for at least a season (on a rotational basis) and give the ground a well-deserved rest.
My fall plantings have been all about putting in what grows easily. With a year's worth of growing and harvesting under our belts now, we know that winter broccoli and cauliflower are hard to grow here due to insect issues. So we are not bothering with them at all. Besides, I like to slow down a bit in winter and enjoy some time by the fire, so less planting means I can be more lazy. But I still need a good crop of carrots and onions ready to go in spring, and the cooler weather is the only time we are able to grow salad greens here, so the work can't stop completely.
Fall is also a good time to complete -- ahem -- the tasks certain farmers promised their wives they'd do all summer long and didn't, so to that end Big Ag has completed the trellis for our grape vines and our berries, which all look very healthy and happy at the end of the long summer. Now that they're big enough, they will be tied and trained to the trellis to make for easier picking come next summer.
|...will now be trellised!|
Pretty soon now most of the fruit trees will be undressing and falling into their winter slumber, but these beauties (below) are now adorning our pomegranate tree out in our yard with their delightful (and delicious) red bulbs, just in time for the holidays. It's hard to pick them when they look so pretty on the tree!